Yakult Go On Probiotics

Why make probiotics a part of your journey towards better health?

The Food and Drugs Administration (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) define probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” No less than these two United Nations-affiliated organizations gave such a statement on the capability of probiotics to enhance people’s health.

Dr. Minoru Shirota, Doctor of Medicine at Kyoto University (formerly known as Kyoto Imperial University)  and founder of Yakult, is recognized as a leading researcher on microbiology and pioneer of probiotics. Part of the historical track of probiotics has to do with the theory “Lactic Acid can Prolong Life” as advanced by Russian Noble Prize Awardee for Medicine Ilya Metchnikoff. He is also credited for “Optimistic Studies” on “The Prolongation of Life.”

The Number One requirement for probiotics is that it must reach the intestines alive. And so, for Yakult to be dubbed as one, it must meet such Number One requirement. Yakult does all of 8 billion live Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) microorganisms.

Dr. Minoru Shirota’s long years developing the LcS is either supported or corroborated by research/studies from various institutions: a school of medicine (Juntendo University School of Medicine Department of Immunology), a hospital (Takane Hospital), among these. The Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research keeps records of elaborate R&D initiatives. 

In 2016, Kazuyoshi Takeda of Juntendo University, Graduate School of Medicine Biomedical Research Center (Division of Cell Biology) presented his study titled “Role of NK Cells in Immunity: NK Cell Activation by Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS). Time and again, “natural immunity” boosting has been proven to be the choice over expensive and taxing “acquired immunity”. 

Different researches and studies  related to Yakult and the premises behind its formulation were done and evaluated by a third party in Japan and other countries worldwide. There were in fact, so many studies conducted which proved Yakult efficacy as a probiotic and corroborated the soundness of the foundation upon which Yakult’s R&D initiatives were based.   As many as 129 research studies conducted were on Yakult’s “intestinal function, “177 on “immunomodulation,” and 107 on “defense mechanism against infection, “ On top of these, over 1,005 researches on Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) were also done.

Yakult “is a fermented milk drink which provides functional benefits for promoting better health by delivering Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) to the intestines alive” (emphasis on the word “alive” since Yakult’s owes its potency to the dynamic activity of the LcS microorganisms being alive and kicking, so to speak).  Yakult ensures that a person’s good bacteria will not be outnumbered by bad bacteria— its live LcS suppressing virulent cells such as cancer cells to keep the intestinal flora and the host healthy.

Here are the five (5) main health benefits of drinking Yakult:  (1) it helps maintain the balance of intestinal flora, (2) it helps in normalizing the peristaltic movement of our intestine, (3) it helps prevent diarrhea and constipation, (4) it helps in the proper digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, and (5) it helps strengthen our immune system. These are altogether good enough reasons to make probiotics a part of your journey towards better health. Don’t you agree? And the chance to improve one’s health using this tried-and-tested probiotic brand comes with the founder’s sterling integrity and his product’s reasonable pricing, so there is no reason one will not go for it. No wonder Yakult Philippines’ management recently declared that they can hardly meet the full-blown demand of the market for Yakult. But, of course, their production volume can always be adjusted to meet the demand since nothing must get in the way for more and more people to have the chance to have better health.